You, a relative or friend may be suffering from one or more of the troublesome digestive symptoms we effectively diagnose and treat daily at our Plano Gastroenterology Clinic. Dr. Kenneth Brown understands the stress that being unwell can bring, and works diligently with his medical team and patients to effectively diagnose and prescribe the appropriate treatment plan to improve their health.

Dr. Brown encourages you to use the information he’s created on the individual symptom pages to better educate yourself and gain an understanding of digestive symptom causes, recommended treatments and when to see a physician.  It’s understood that some GI related symptoms can be embarrassing, but our practice deals with them daily and we will do our best to make you feel comfortable. For more information on any of these or other symptoms contact his clinic at 972-867-0019 or request an appointment online.

Common Gastrointestinal (GI) Symptoms

Learn about the causes of common GI symptoms and when you should see a doctor.

Abdominal Pain

  • Causes
  • Diagnoses Process
  • Treatment Options
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Difficulty Swallowing

  • 3-stages of swallowing
  • Causes
  • When to See a Doctor
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  • Possible Triggers
  • When to See a Doctor
  • Natural Treatments
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  • Reflux Explained
  • Triggers
  • Diagnosing & Tests
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  • Causes
  • Dietary Tips
  • Evaluation Process
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  • Hemorrhoid Symptoms
  • 2 Types
  • Best Removal Procedure
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  • When to See a Doctor
  • Natural Remedies
  • Reduce Risk
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Rectal Bleeding

  • Serious Issue?
  • Causes
  • When to See a GI Doctor
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Gut health infographic stating that 70 percent of the immune system in located in the gut

Digestive Symptoms and an Unhealthy Gut

There are several facets to digestive health or intestinal health that all contribute to our overall health and well-being. When our digestive system is not functioning as it should, we are susceptible to uncomfortable symptoms, getting sick or even developing a disease. Most people don’t realize that many diseases originate in the gut – such as eczema and psoriasis.

The National Health Institute notes that 70 million Americans are affected by digestive diseases. With such a large percentage of the population incurring digestive problems, I wanted to provide an overview of the key components and functions of your digestive system:

  • Bacteria – We have over 500 species of bacteria in our gut that helps us digest food, excrete toxins, regulate hormones and produce compounds that help us stay healthy. Keeping these bacteria in balance is key to a health